Give GIFTS at Christmas & year round that actually change lives! Your gift choices matter. You can help make an impact for eternity and in our world for good.
Now that is something joyful to celebrate.
God is at work through the wonderful charities listed below. Donations are desperately needed and welcome.
If you have children, involve them in the joy of giving by sitting together and clicking on the links below, reviewing the choices and seeing what moves their heart.
Honor God in thankfulness for the birth of Jesus Christ, our Lord and amazing Savior. God’s gift of love to you.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
I pray you put your faith into action.
“Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give,not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” 2 Corinthians 9:7
Samaritans Purse Gift Catalog Gifts of Hope for A Hurting World. This is a favorite charity of our family. We love to give gifts from this catalog in honor of our family and friends.
We have given bibles, chickens, a bicycle to name a few.
The catalog states: God’s compassions “are new every morning-Lamentations 3:23).
So are fresh eggs for families who raise chickens supplied by Samaritan’s Purse.” New chicks will provide food and enough eggs to sell or trade at market.
One year their website stated:
“It’s true, gift cards make it on most Christmas wish lists. They’re a practical, one-size-fits-all present. But we know of these gifts of hope are even more powerful than a piece of plastic, while just as convenient and easy to give.
Any gift you choose will be the perfect one because it comes wrapped in the love of our Heavenly Father.”
Frontiers Working in the Muslim world “with love and respect, inviting all Muslim peoples to follow Jesus.”
This is another favorite of our family. Quite a few years ago when we were in need of babysitters for our boys, we liked to use missionaries. One of those babysitters we now help to support through this organization. Why Muslims?
Iran Alive Ministries Transforming Iran into A Christian Nation in this Generation. They need your prayers and support.
Gospel for Asia -Many ways to Donate– Sponsoring a missionary or a child are two of the many ways to help. GFA focuses on reaching the most unreached in South Asia. It is an incredible ministry founded by K.P. Yohannan.
You can even give a Water Buffalo or a sweet little Lamb in the “gifts from the stable”category. Or help a missionary spread the word by donating money for lanterns, a bicycle or a LCD projector kit.
World Vision Gift Catalog This is a wonderful organization. Since 1994 we have enjoyed the privilege of sponsoring orphans through World Vision. Please take a look at their Christmas gift catalog. Gift categories include – Animals, Kids in the USA, Clean Water, Clothing, Shelter, Education,Orphans and Widows, Girls, Women and Hunger, Medical Care or Emergency Aid.
Empower African Children I love this ministry and its founder Alexis Hefley.
This small yet effective organization transforms the lives of orphans and vulnerable children in Uganda. I will be publishing a post about this organization in the coming week.
Youth for Christ International This year (2012) has 27,559 Staff & volunteers in 128 countries on a Mission
Including the UK, Russia, Canada, Ukraine, France, Philippines, Germany, India, Ireland, Haiti, Pakistan, Peru, Malaysia, Spain, Australia, Myanmar, Nepal and the USA.
“Reaching young people everywhere, working together with the local church and other likeminded partners to raise up lifelong followers of Jesus who lead by their godliness in lifestyle, devotion to the Word of God and prayer, passion for sharing the love of Christ and commitment to social involvement.“
Angel Tree – A program of Prison Fellowship since 1982. In the U.S.(2012) there are 1.7 million children that have a parent behind bars.
Bless the child of a prisoner with a gift and the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Their website states-
“No child deserves to feel forgotten and alone. When you partner with Angel Tree, you help prisoners’ children know they’re not forgotten, you help share the Gospel with lonely families, and you serve as an example of Christ’s love to the parents behind bars.” and “You’ll remind these innocent children of their mommy or daddy’s love. But that’s not all, you’ll also be giving them the best gift — the reminder that they don’t have to carry their burdens alone. Jesus is there for them, too.”
Focus on the Family – Give a gift to help Families Thrive in the U.S.
Livada Orphan Care A wonderful ministry serving orphans in Romania. We ask you to consider supporting Livada based upon our personal experience in helping to sponsor a boy through this organization. You can even visit them in Romania!
Compassion International Gift Catalog Compassion helps more than 1.2 million children in 26 countries. Their mission- “In response to the Great Commission, Compassion International exists as an advocate for children, to release them from their spiritual, economic, social, and physical poverty and enable them to become responsible and fulfilled Christian adults.”
Salvation Army Founded in 1852 in England. This is a worldwide organization that preaches the gospel of Jesus Christ while meeting human needs in His name without discrimination.
To God be the Glory– Julie